Kansas Basketball Arrives in Indianapolis

March 25, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –

The University of Kansas men’s basketball team arrived in Indianapolis Wednesday evening in preparation for its NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 contest Friday against Michigan State.

Upon loading the plane for its destination, the Jayhawks were treated to gift bags prepared by students of Lawrence’s Sunflower Elementary School. The grade school students put together more than 150 sacks each filled with a variety of snacks and sweets for those on the charter plane.

After arriving to the team hotel, head coach Bill Self addressed the media, “We’re so close, yet so far away because a majority of the best teams are still playing. To get to Detroit, we’ll have to play real well this weekend.”

“We expected to be pretty good this season,” Self added. “Our goal every year is to win the league. If you win our league, you have a good chance to compete at a high level, which has played out to be true. Now we get the opportunity to play the best team in the Big Ten. They have already handled us once and we know we have to play a lot better than we did the first time.”

Kansas players later took in an NBA game at the Conseco Fieldhouse featuring former Jayhawks and members of KU’s 2008 national championship team Brandon Rush of the Indiana Pacers and Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat.